Thursday, April 29, 2010

LED Turn Signal Bulb

Tuesday, April 20, 2010, I received a packages from a friend of mine. He told me that it is a LED turn signal bulb and the winker relay as I requested. I really want to upgrade my turn signal bulb into LED system to save the electricity cost.

The stock bulb is 10 Watt a piece, so it will consume 20 Watt (1.67 Amp) if I turn on the light (excluding the winker relay).

Here is the calculation on Amber Superflux LED:
- Voltage: 2.2 V @ 20 mA

So the Wattage is = V.I
That is 2.2 V x 20 mA = 0.044 W

1 bulb contain 15 led, so the total is:
15 x 0.044 W = 0.66 Watt

Total 2 bulb is: 2 x 0.66 Watt = 1.32 Watt (0.11 Amp)

Compare to the stock bulb (20W:1.32W). I'm saving about 1.500% of wattage!!!

Let's prepare:
- 4 pcs LED turn signal
- 1 pcs winker relay
- Socket converter

There are couple of reason why I need a socket converter, and that is:
- The stock socket has 3 pin, and this one is only 2 pin
- The stock pin is straight aligned, and this one not
- The stock pin size is very small about 1/3 of this one

Lets work.
- Remove the front license plate and the bracket
- Remove the front shield
- Remove the rectifier
- Remove the stock winker relay from the bracket
- Remove the socket that attach to the rectifier
- Attach the socket converter onto the stock socket
- Attach the socket converter to the led winker relay
- Remove all of the lens winker
- Replace the stock bulb with the LED bulb

Done, lets test the winker. Ups... it doesn't work... If this happen to you too, then you should switch the cable on the switch converter.

Ok, this should be working correctly right now, if not, then the winker relay is damage or the bulb is dead.

I got nervous about this... Because LED winker replacement kit is not a cheap parts you know, and there are no guarantee for this parts.

OK, I build my courage to turn on the switch...

HORAY.... IT WORK.....!!!

But something is missing. Yeah, it is the sound "tic tac" from the stock relay. This one is silent because it only has 3 pin. The one is missing is the Ground Cable. Ground Cable is needed for the buzzer to produce sound on the stock relay.

Put everything assemble as before and job done.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Testing Poorboy's World Products

Thursday, April 8th, 2010, I received a package. I know what it is inside the package. Yes, it finally arrived. It is some of Poorboy's World product.

There are 3 product:
  • Super Slick & Suds Car Wash

  • Super Swirl Removers 2.5

  • Wheel Sealant

Here is the detail of each products:
  • Super Slick & Suds Car Wash

  • Based on the instruction, they recommend 1 oz of the product with 2 gallon of water. If I convert it to Liter; 1 oz for 2 gallon = 29.57 mL for 7.57 Liter.

    In my case I only need about 4 Liter of water to wash 1 car, and the right mixture is 15.62 ml of shampoo mix with 4 Liter of water.

    Compared with Meguiar's Gold Class™ Car Wash, this product absolutely out stand. Because Gold Class need about 4 cap (about 40 ml shampoo) for 4 Liter of water.

    Hoho, I can save money a lot with this product. And also this shampoo is very sudsy compared with the Gold Class. About double it thickness. This is what I call car wash shampoo.

  • Super Swirl Removers 2.5

  • This one also a good product. Poorboy's design this product for detailer that do not satisfied with the medium cutting, but do not want the heavy cutting that we call compound. So, this one is on the middle between medium and heavy.

    Based on my experience, if you higher your cutting level, it will produce hologram with your rotary machine. But this one, is very minimum on the hologram.

    But, when I get used to it, I can make zero hologram with this product. Amazing!

    Less time I need to removed a defect in paint surface such as swirl mark and also less product needed to remove the defect. Again, I am saving my money with this product.

  • Wheel Sealant

  • This one is a must have product if your wheel is using aluminum alloy. Because it level is Sealant. So you can count on it endurance to protect your wheel from brake dust, road grime and tar. Next time you clean your wheel, it will be much easier.

    The smell of this product is like a gum. It smell everywhere, even my wife inside the house tell me that she like it smell.

    And also this product can give slick and gloss look on your wheel. All you need to do is apply it with the applicator pad onto your wheel after if get cleaned. And after waiting for some time, buff it with the microfiber towel.

Here is a picture of the result:

My conclusion is, these 3 Poorboy's World product is an excellent product.